Officials discuss security at archeology sites

Iraqi security advisors recommend forming high council to protect heritage sites

BAGHDAD, December 6 — The National Security Advisors Council held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss security at heritage sites across Iraq. The meeting was chaired by National Security Advisor Qasim Al-Araji and recommended the formation of a higher council for antiquities.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s press office read:

The National Security Advisors Council held its twenty-first session for the year 2023 on Tuesday, chaired by the National Security Advisor, Mr. Qasim Al-Araji, and attended by Council members.

The Council discussed agenda items and made necessary decisions and recommendations. The Council addressed the topic of the security of archaeological and heritage areas in Iraq, discussing the challenges and obstacles facing the protection of antiquities and archaeological sites. It recommended the formation of the Higher Council for Antiquities, with the proposal to be submitted to the Prime Minister’s office for approval.

Additionally, the Council discussed the project of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Communications in the Republic of Iraq and the Ministry of Communications in Russia for cooperation in the field of information technology and communications.